Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Home

February 26, 2013

Airport Board signs petition to lower FAA fee

Greensburg — Expansion of Greensburg Municipal Airport took another step forward Monday night at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Greensburg-Decatur County Board of Aviation.

The Board received confirmation that a grant for the Runway Rehabilitation Project from 2009 has reached the closeout stage.

The grant has been approved, and now requires the board’s signatures to be awarded.

After the meeting, Airport Board President Bill Ernstes told Daily News Reporter Rob Cox that the project must be fully funded by the Board before grant money is awarded.

"That's another thing we'll have to figure out," said Ernstes. "how to fund the project."

The project will nonetheless be reimbursed 100 percent by the grant money, Ernstes added.

Don Manley, lead representative on the project from civil engineering firm Butler, Fairman & Seufert, stressed that he'll work to get the grant money released as quickly as possible and may well procure it before work is completed.

The Board must next complete the Environmental Impact Assessment, which, Ernstes said, has been going well. The Environmental Impact Assessment has been overseen through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by Bobb Beauchamp.

“We’re reaching the home stretch,” said Ernstes.

The Airport Board cannot speak with affected landowners until the Environment Impact Assessment is complete. Ernstes estimated that, after it begins, the process with landowners might take upwards of an additional two years to complete.

While the airport’s expansion has been supported by many, landowners have overwhelmingly resisted the project. By law, the Board will be required to present landowners with a copy of their rights as landowners.

Also presented to the Airport Board Monday night: A petition from the FAA, compelling President Obama to disband a $100 user fee to join the FAA. The board agreed to sign the petition.

Mayor Gary Herbert approached the board near the meeting's conclusion, requesting they initiate a shadowing program for high school students.

Mayor Herbert expressed a desire to give high schoolers a taste of participating in local civics, thereby encouraging them to pursue their own civic-related interests and responsibilities.

He suggested the board allow students to shadow board members to become familiar with public-service-related jobs.

The Airport Board agreed to consider Mayor Herbert’s request.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004.

1
Text Only
News
Obituaries
Sports
spt-gb072614-north decatur football coach photo

Benjamin

Must Read
Features
fea-gb072414 Indiana limestone jpg 2

A commercial limestone quarry operates today near Big Creek in Stinesville, not far from where Richard Gilbert opened the state's first quarry in 1827.

Featured Ads
NCAA Photo Roundup
NCAA Highlights
SmugMug Photo Galleries


Share your photos with us!

Facebook
Twitter Updates
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.